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Dear Charles

4th March 2003

The west is being lost. It would be wrong to attribute this solely to the deep divisions created by the Iraq crisis, but the latter is greatly accelerating trends which have been emerging in recent years. Last year, I still believed that the “west could be won,” but I have lost that confidence. Allow me to explain. Take the Atlantic alliance: we have reached a point where the secretary of defence of Nato’s lead nation not only compares Germany to Libya and Cuba but appears to relish creating fault lines between Nato’s “old” and “new”…

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